Today I am pleased to welcome Anne B. Cole who was a contestant in last year’s Pitcharama we hosted here at Aussie Owned and Read. She is here to tell us her success story from the competition.
Souls Entwined is Anne B. Cole’s debut release, combining sweet romantic suspense, time travel, and paranormal elements in a New Adult novel attractive to a wide range of readers.
In addition to writing, Anne teaches preschool and is raising three very active teenagers with her husband of twenty-two years. Her love for making fresh baked goodies, running, hiking, historical fiction, and her three pet cats continue to be her inspiration while she pens the sequel to Souls Entwined.
To follow Anne’s publishing journey and connect with her, check out her blog site and find her on Twitter and Facebook.
ANNE: I love Aussie Owned and Read and here’s why…
Three years ago, I found myself without a book at my kids’ swim meet. I love watching my kids swim, but this meet was over five hours long. In between their events, I turned the heat sheet over and jotted down ideas for a story. What started as a hobby grew into an addiction. I carried composition books everywhere, writing a chapter here and there until I had my first draft.
I did some research and became a member of Romance Writers of America. Through RWA, I entered four writing contests in 2012. Even though I did not final in any of the four, I received invaluable feedback from the judges. One suggestion by two different judges caught my eye; “Get a critique partner.”
In January of 2013, I posted on a ‘find a critique partner’ site. It worked. Deborah contacted me, and we connected right away. The third member of our critique circle, Joan, joined us soon after. The three of us spent winter and spring reading, critiquing, and sharing thoughts about writing. We also shared life’s ups and downs and became very good friends.
In June, Deborah emailed, asking if it would be okay for her to enter a pitch of my story in the “Pitch your Mate” contest by the Aussie Owned and Read Blog. She had already made it to the editors round with her story in the “Pitch-A-Rama” segment of the contest. Needless to say, I was thrilled when my story, Maledicta, was selected as a finalist and went to the editors’ round.
A day later I received my first two requests; one partial and one full. To say that I was thrilled is an understatement. Two weeks later I received my first rejection from the partial request. Two weeks after that, I received an email from Soul Mate Publishing saying they liked my book so much they wanted to publish it!
More good news came the following month when Deborah received a contract from a different publisher. Together, with Joan cheering us on, we will release our first novels in April 2014. Three Wishes by Deborah Kreiser releases on April 15th and Souls Entwined by me, Anne B. Cole releases on April 30th. Yep, my title changed but the story didn’t.
My advice to aspiring authors…Enter Aussie Owned and Read’s Pitch-A-Rama contest this year. And if you have a critique partner…Pitch your mate. They will forever love you for it. It worked for me. It can work for you!
Release April 30th from Soul Mate Publishing
A Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Souls Entwined Blurb
When a cursed family heirloom sends Gretta Dobbs back in time, a hunky construction worker, Sam Daggett, suddenly finds himself love struck and joins her adventure. Their souls entwine within the bodies of young lovers on a Greek island in 1829, where they begin to unravel the mysteries behind Gretta’s ring all while avoiding a bloodthirsty pirate who is determined to seek revenge. Gretta and Sam must find the secrets needed to save her and her relatives from an afterlife in purgatory and return to their own lives—or risk becoming prisoners of the past, continuing the evil cycle of the ring’s curse.